"My hope is that, in the new century, religious communities of all kinds will adopt the language of human rights and be enabled to work together more effectively for social justice."
(Rev. Gail A. Burger)
Dutchess Interfaith Council, Inc.
9 Vassar St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel. 914 471-7333
Purposes: To deepen the spiritual forces of our community; to respect the uniqueness of each
congregation in its individual style of worship, culture and tradition; to focus the attention and
energies of the religious communities on urgent community problems; to lessen inter-group
tensions and promote reconciliation; to combat community deterioration; to eliminate prejudice
and discrimination; to coordinate and consolidate, where possible, existing efforts carried out by
member groups, with due respect for principles of autonomy and integrity; to provide the
framework and facilities for groups of congregations to band together for common projects or
purposes; to develop and/or operate service-oriented programs which will address unmet needs
in our community.
Year founded: 1972
Faiths represented on leadership group or Board: Christians (R.C. and Prot.) Jews (Cons., Ref. &
Orth.) Baha’i, Unitarian.
Significant population increases among minority faiths in our area during the past 30 years:
Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist.
Changing attitudes toward "other" faiths during this time: More openness to and curiosity about the practices and theologies of other groups. Leadership participation by minorities has increased.
Program Areas. (*indicates area considered most effective.)
Education: workshops and distribution of materials:
Public events: concerts; worship or prayer
Advocacy or Information: hunger , economic justice
Inter-institutional relationships, community coalitions
Description of a recent interfaith activities: Interfaith Crop Walk for Hunger; Annual Music
Festival; Interfaith Thanksgiving Service; Projects for "Racial Unity, Beyond Tolerance,"
HIV/AIDS Ministry; Tours of Houses of Worship.
Most consistent participants or audience: Roman Catholic, Protestant Christians, Jews,
Others occasional participants: Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists.
Would you like to reach: Our goal is to have included Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus as
members with a short time.
Participation by members of minority faiths has increased during the life of our organization.
Insights or concerns: "My hope is that, in the new century, religious communities of all kinds
will adopt the language of human rights and be enabled to work together more effectively for
social justice." (Rev. Gail A. Burger)